Dr Mel Nowicki
Reader in Urban Geography
School of Social Sciences
I am a Reader in Urban and Social Geography, with research interests in:
- Critical geographies of home;
- Housing inequality;
- Family and hidden homelessness;
- Urban precarity;
- Austerity politics;
- Shrinking living space, e.g. Tiny Housing
In 2017 I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. My thesis focused on the impact of two UK housing policies, the bedroom tax and the criminalisation of squatting.
More recent research projects have explored:
- The role of pop-up and modular housing techniques in the provision of social housing for formerly homeless families in London and Dublin;
- The rise of Tiny Housing as a solution to housing crises in Austin, Texas;
- How shrinking domestic life is manifesting across the globe;
- Experiences of homelessness, temporary accommodation and debt in Greater Manchester among women who are single parents
Teaching and supervision
- GEOG4001. Introduction to Human Geography
- GEOG5001. Cities: Geographies of the Urban Experience
- GEOG5003. Advanced Research Skills
- GEOG6004. Future Cities
- GEOG6012. Geography Dissertation
- GEOG6015. Sustainable Futures
Research grants and awards
2022-2023. Navigating Debt-trap Urbanism in Pandemic Times: Family Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation in Greater Manchester. Urban Studies Foundation Pandemics and Cities Grant. Co-Investigator.
2021-2023. Shrinking Domesticities: Towards a global research agenda on urban micro-living. Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Series Award. Principal Investigator.
- 2020-2023. Tiny Homes, Big Promises: Exploring the Emerging Geographies of Tiny House Developments in Austin, Texas. British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant. Principal Investigator.
- 2018-2020. Enhancing housing affordability and social care in Japan and the UK: Comparative evaluation of policy and practice. ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Grant . Co-Investigator.
- 2018-20. Research Excellence & Impact Award, Oxford Brookes University. Principal Investigator.
- 2017-2018: Home at Last? Life in Dublin's Rapid Build Housing. Dublin City Council . Co-Investigator
- 2016-2017: Research Strategy Grant, Royal Holloway. Precarious Lives, Pop-up Solutions? Resident insights from PLACE/Ladywell, London.Co-Investigator
Research group membership
I am Co-Lead of the Oxford Brookes Sustainable and Resilient Futures Research Network
I engage regularly with the media. I have written for The Guardian, and been interviewed on Irish national radio and Inside Housing's ''The Housing Podcast''.
Centres and institutes
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Navigating Debt-trap Urbanism in Pandemic Times: Family Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation in Greater Manchester (01/05/2022 - 30/04/2023), funded by: Urban Studies Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £990
- Shrinking Domesticities: towards a global research agenda on urban micro-living (11/01/2021 - 31/07/2023), funded by: Urban Studies Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £20,700
- Tiny Homes, Big Promises: Exploring the Emerging Geographies of Tiny House Developments in Austin, Texas (31/08/2020 - 31/12/2023), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £9,837
- Enhancing housing affordability and social care in Japan and UK, led by TDE (03/12/2018 - 02/05/2020), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £2,080
Nowicki M, 'Is Anyone Home?: Appropriating and Re-Narrativisating the Post-Criminalisation Squatting Scene in England and Wales'
Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 39 (4) (2020) pp.838-855
ISSN: 2399-6544 eISSN: 2399-6552Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Harris E, Brickell K, Nowicki M, 'Door Locks, Wall Stickers, Fireplaces: Assemblage Theory and Home (Un)Making in Lewisham’s Temporary Accommodation'
Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 52 (5) (2020) pp.1286-1309
ISSN: 0066-4812 eISSN: 1467-8330Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Harris E, Nowicki M, '‘’GET SMALLER’’? Emerging geographies of micro-living'
Area 52 (3) (2020) pp.591-599
ISSN: 0004-0894 eISSN: 1475-4762Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Nowicki M, Brickell K, Harris E, 'The hotelisation of the housing crisis: Experiences of family homelessness in Dublin hotels'
The Geographical Journal 185 (3) (2019) pp.313-324
ISSN: 0016-7398 eISSN: 1475-4959Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Harris E, Nowicki M, Brickell K, 'On-edge in the impasse: Inhabiting the housing crisis as structure-of-feeling'
Geoforum 101 (2018) pp.156-164
ISSN: 0016-7185Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Harris E, Nowicki M, 'Cultural geographies of precarity'
cultural geographies 25 (3) (2018) pp.387-391
ISSN: 1474-4740 eISSN: 1477-0881Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Nowicki M, White T, 'From concrete to glass: The post-war trajectory of London's high-rise housing'
Here & Now (Academy of Urbanism) 10 (2017) pp.39-41
ISSN: 2058-9123Abstract Published here
Nowicki M, 'A Britain that everyone is proud to call home? The bedroom tax, political rhetoric and home unmaking in U.K. housing policy'
Social and Cultural Geography 19 (5) (2017) pp.647-667
ISSN: 1464-9365 eISSN: 1470-1197Abstract Published here
Nowicki M, 'Rethinking domicide: Towards an expanded critical geography of home'
Geography Compass 8 (11) (2014) pp.785-795
ISSN: 1749-8198Abstract Published here
Brickell K, Nowicki M, Harris E, 'Stigma, Cladding, and Modular Housing: Resident Experiences of Dublin’s “Rapid Build” Scheme'
Housing, Theory and Society [online first]
ISSN: 1403-6096 eISSN: 1651-2278Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR